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The Tongan monarchy and the constitution: political reform in a traditional context

Powles, Guy


The subjects of this paper are the Kingdom of Tonga,1 its monarchy, its constitution, its traditional values and political reform. It is now well known that the government and Legislative Assembly of Tonga (the Assembly) made a momentous decision four years ago in 2010, when it amended the Constitution of Tonga (the Constitution) to shift most of the executive powers of the state from the monarch to a cabinet of elected leaders. For the firsttime in Tonga’s history, the government was then...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2014
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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